The One Tail at a Time Adoption Center is located in Bucktown, not too far from our own front door. The photo above was taken by Heather (the director of the nonprofit and all around pet-saving-badass), and in the couple of months since they’ve moved in, it already looks drastically different! There’s a fence and a yard, with more landscaping to come. The billboard above belongs to the property, too, and we’re polling for a big photo of Junebug. Because, Junebug! (I promise that clicking over will make your whole entire day.)
It’s a pretty dreamy space with great light, an easy flowing floor plan, and a huge yard. HUGE. The photos below were taken during our first brainstorm meeting as the previous business was moving out (which, appropriately enough was also a pet-based business), and some of the things you’ll see in the photos are still in place so that OTAT can still function as we wait for our picks to arrive. Regardless, it’s a blank slate, and it’s so cute.
THE MEET-N-GREET ROOM. The front door leads you into one big main room. This is a multi-purpose space that needs to feel fun, quirky and invigorating! Adoptable pets will meet their forever families here, so you can only imagine the excitable snarfing and tail thumping the One Tail team will hear on the daily. (Can we just live here, maybe?)
- The entryway will pull double duty as a merchandise area – where you can buy the world’s best T-shirt (and kibble, doggie treats, leashes and supplements, among other things). This’ll get a really funky treatment and set the tone for the whole Adoption Center.
- We’ll need to install a sturdy gate to keep the adoptables safely away from the front door.
- This is where the Garbage Sofa will live! We’ll create a conversational area where families can play with fosters and, ultimately, take their first family portrait together. Below is the view looking back at the front door, if you were sitting on the sofa.
Once you’ve come through the soon-to-be gate, you’re in the main space! The light! That loft!
- The back half of this room will get a dining table that will be used for signing adoption papers, plus all the administrative tasks that keep a nonprofit running. The door on the left leads to the yard.
- Behind this main room is a spacious office.
- The loft is empty for now, but it will serve as additional space if any noodles need extra care away from noise and activity.
- Bathroom, aka puppy bath central.
A perk of having an actual adorable house is that it’s laid out as if it could be someone’s house, lending a comforting and inviting vibe all around. In addition to two bathrooms and that tucked away office, there’s a great kitchen:
THE KENNEL ROOM. There’s an entire level downstairs, which One Tail will be using as a kennel to bring in as many dogs as possible. The room, while large, does have obstacles (awkwardly placed windows, doors and concrete columns), but it’s incredible to have this space at all for more pups! The walls will get a lively color in a darker, scrubbable finish, and there will be access to open storage for towels, treats and toys.
- This wall and the wall opposite will be lined with kennels.
- Volunteers will spend a good deal of time down here interacting with dogs, so to keep everyone in the loop, this will be a dry erase wall where they can leave notes and updates for each other.
- The area beyond the columns will get a small table and a few chairs (all wipeable!) for volunteers to relax.
- Behind the kennel is a big storage room we’ve begun organizing for dog food, leashes, collars, and all those things you need to maintain a house.
THE YARD! Heather had RugZoom come in and install artificial grass for the biggest, baddest doggie play yard of all! Can you even handle? Our Chunk came along one evening to give it a test run, and good girl that she is, she christened it, too.
The best part of working on this project with the One Tail team is allowing ourselves to design a space where we scribble outside the lines! (I think Scott throws out the words gold and hot pink more often than I’d like to admit; love him.) We can take risks and make bolder choices than we would if it was, you know, a residence. With every wacky idea we present, Heather is in. Big stone dog statue? Of course! Bright blue door? Was there ever any other option? And how about this wallpaper? Yes, please, and thank you.
The main room already received its fresh coat of paint on the walls and trim (game changer), and the wallpaper is happening soon! We have less than two months until they officially open their doors, so it’s full steam ahead.
PS… If you’d like to learn more about the Adoption Center, be sure to visit One Tail, and if you’d love nothing more than to inundate your Facebook feed with the world’s cutest puppies, you can follow them here!